It’s a really bad day today.
It was a bad day for me. I woke up to one friend raging and another crying, then I got triggered while I was out running errands. Streetcars were slow. It was cold and windy. Today kicked my ass around the block.
Meanwhile in America, Baton Rouge, Minnesota, Dallas. I’ve been paranoid about the police for some time now. (I say paranoid because I’ve never personally had much trouble with the police, but man, after the December 2015 firing-squad style execution of a man at Third Street and Gilman Avenue, I’ve been a bit nervous anytime I see a badge not enjoying a Starbucks coffee.) It hadn’t taken much research to see that police nation wide had been covering for countless murders. (Now we have newspapers and nonprofits tracking coroner reports to news articles and obituaries, since precincts have made a habit since the 70s of forgetting to report weapon discharges and shootings.) Also police rarely go to prison (there’s a list on Wikipedia of cops in prison). Usually they get suspended, maybe fired, but then re-hired in a different precinct.
Seriously. The FBI is required to report to Congress all the police shootings across the United States. They’ve refused to do so for decades because… J. Edgar Hoover’s balls, I guess.
The news I’ve been getting, for years now, have shown our law enforcement officials talking to each other as if the common civilian was the enemy. Then there’s the escalating rate of SWAT raids (by poorly-trained SWAT teams, not the hostage-barricade specialist teams kept up by municipalities), the militarization of the police as we saw in Ferguson, Civil asset forfeiture, which directly profits precincts and accounts for more money seized from civilians than all the burglaries combined, and the uncountable shootings which seldom see indictment and then are acquitted at the grand jury stage in a system that notoriously could indict a ham sandwich. It just can’t indict a cop.
Maybe today, my Independence Day bit, the writing of which outraged me to silence, has found its voice:
As Jefferson wrote in the United State Declaration of Independence: The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
And among those many indictments:
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States.
I’m behind by post. I hope to come back to it, maybe tomorrow.